Christians of Asia (ABC Radio National Encounter, 29 November 2014)
When people talk about “The Asian Century”, they’re usually referring to the expected economic and political dominance of Asia over the next hundred years. But if the growth of Christianity in the region continues, then the 21st century could also turn out to be the Asian Christian Century. Already, there are more practicing Protestants in China than in the UK, and according to some estimates, Communist China could become the world’s largest Christian nation by 2030. In addition, ethnic Asian churches continue to grow and prosper in countries like Australia and the U.S., despite the continuing overall decline of Christianity in the west. Does the rise of Asian economic might coinciding with the rise of Christianity have the potential to alter the religious profile of our region?